While walking down the aisle of Michaels (where I always seem to inexplicably end up during my spare time), this clay stuff caught my eye. It’s called Crayola Model Magic. It’s made for little kids. I don’t care, I want to play! Intrigued, I bought a small tub for $3.49 and I have to say, I’m really impressed with this stuff!! It’s light and airy so when it hardens, it’s not heavy at all. It makes you feel like you are working with a light marshmallow fondant. And it’s not wet and messy like other clay that I’ve worked with. The best part is that it air dries- no need to bake or fire! (Tangent: In college I took a raku pottery class and everyday I was convinced that I was going die an early death. We had to fire the clay pieces in a makeshift “kiln”- basically an inverted aluminum garbage can and pile of bricks- in a dirt patch behind the dorm. Did I mention that I am ridiculously scared of fire? I have never lit a match in my life. My job was to extinguish the fire with a garden hose after the glaze got hot enough to oxidize. I would whimper, stand far back, shutmy eyes and try to blindly direct the hose towards the blazing rubble. Still. Have. Nightmares. ) So this “no bake” stuff is awesome, I don’t even have to get near the oven.
I decided to make some gift tags. I love giving presents and I love giving prettily wrapped presents even more!
Materials needed: Crayola Model Magic clay, rolling pin, cookie cutters, mini alphabet stamps, wooden chopsticks, parchment paper (not pictured)
1. Roll out the clay on parchment paper in between a pair of chopsticks. The chopsticks kept the clay nice and level:
2. Use your cookie cutter to cut out a shape. For this gift tag, I used a small circular vase that I had:
3. Stamp letters with alphabet stamps:
4. Use chopstick to create a small hole at the top to hang the tag:
5. Dry. I found that it took a full 48 hours for these to dry completely:
6. Attach to gifts!
You can also use this same technique to make Christmas ornaments!
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